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Old 01-03-2013, 01:31 PM
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love this picture of Frederik and Mary

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-t1RTHjD6il...ssssssssss.JPG
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:38 PM
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Thanks for the additional pics, Dman & Polyesco

Methinks Mary is wearing a the-cat-just-ate-the-mouse-smile today.
- Perhaps she's expecting....... triplets.
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:00 PM
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Many danks [is that right?]to all who posted the links to the lovely photos. Thank you also to Muhler for the photos of Jardins banquet room. It is magnificent. With regards to the Diplomats, I would guess that the lady in blue with the black hat may be from Bolivia.
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:37 PM
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Many danks [is that right?]to all who posted the links to the lovely photos. Thank you also to Muhler for the photos of Jardins banquet room. It is magnificent. With regards to the Diplomats, I would guess that the lady in blue with the black hat may be from Bolivia.
You are welcome, Tarlita. It sure is.

Bolivia? Okay, got it.

And a little Danish lesson:
Thank you = tak.
Thank you very much/many thanks = mange tak.
Thanks = tak/takker.
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:45 PM
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Video from the first levee

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Old 01-03-2013, 05:58 PM
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Mary looks really good at the second event. I'd like to see the dress without the jacket.
Queen Margrethe and Pr Henrik are really starting to age, IMO.
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:30 PM
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Mange Tak for that Muhler. Our TV news channel 7 showed Fred and Mary arriving at Christian VII palace for the banquet on last nights news. Lots of light bulbs flashing. It was only a very short clip though.
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:39 AM
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Another video

F+M arrives

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=DDckUtL8lLM
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:20 AM
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A gallery from BT of the Regent Couple riding in a carriage from Amalienborg to Christiansborg for today's New Year Court/Levee. M&F drove in a car.
Se billederne: Majestæten luftede guldkareten | www.bt.dk

Today's court is for the higher civil servants representatives from organisations and so on.

I will presume Mary will later on hold her own court for representatives from her own protections.

Thanks for the clip, Roskilde.
I heard someone in the background say something about Mary's bare arms.

ADDED: Let's go through the uniforms of the Guards Hussars again, shall we? Yes, we shall, because I love that sort of things and it's deliciously nerdy.
Look at pic #10 in the BT gallery, where the two squadrons of the mounted company are lined up. Notice that horses of the troppers are brown while the horses of the signalmen on the flanks are whitish. So that that commanding officer could easily spot and find his signalman in the confusion of battle.
The signalmen are trompeters not buglars as in say the US cavalry. Because the Guards Hussars use trompets and not horns for signalling.

#9: An excellent view of the commanding officer.
Hussars became fashionable during the mid 1700's. Partly because they reintroduced light cavalry to the western and central European battlefield again, partly because the uniforms were dashing and partly because of the somewhat wild and reckless reputation of the Hungarian hussars.
Hungarians didn't use bottons but instead tightned their clothes with strings and loops and that's the reason for the many loops on a hussars uniform.
The white cords on the tunic is supposed to resemble ribs of a skeleton and a very common symbol for hussars is indeed a skull, but that is not used by the Guards Hussars.
In contrast to heavier cavalry like cuirassiers and heavy dragoons, the hussars wear short boots, simply because hussars in contrast to the above rarely attacked with their knees locked behind the knees of the troopers beside them and therefore didn't need heavy boots for protection. That is often also seen in the sabre they are using. Hussars more often than not used a sabre that was lighter and slightly more curved than normal cavalry sabres. - Heavy dragoons and cuirassiers used heavy straight single edged swords, a pallask.
A defining feature of hussars is of course "the fur". A fur jacket slung across the left shoulder, partly because it looked ravishing, but also to be worn for warmth and in battle as a very good protection against sabre blows to the left side.
The elaborate adornment on the horses is made from sea-shells. Originally it was a part of the protection of the horse as the cavalry tactic up until the mid 1700's was to direct the first cut with the sword on the head of the horse and the second cut to the rider as the horse was going down.
By the time the hussar regiments were formed that protection had degenerated into decoration.
The Guards Hussars are inspired by French uniforms and as such they wear a kepi with a plume on their heads. The plume is meant to resemble the mane of the horse. - Not the tail! Never ever say to a hussar that the plume resembles the tail of the horse. That would be equivalent to calling him a butthead and no redblooded hussar would tolerate that insult! He would run you through with his sabre on the spot.
Because hussars were light cavalry the troopers were small and nimble men, with a physical stature that can be compared to a present day young woman in good shape, albeit that the troopers were on average several centimeters lower. And because hussars seldom fought in dense fomation and rarely if they could at all avoid went up against heavier cavalry they rode lighter horses, often geldings and sometimes even mares.
Back then as today, the horses are often better trained and more experienced than the troopers. So you would and will often see when the trompeter sound the call to say turn right, the trooper will sometimes try to make the horse turn left, but the horse who knows better (they've got bigger heads) will obey the signal and turn right. - No doubt thinking: "I've got the stupidest human in the squadron".
The flag in the background is not a colour as this is a cavalry regiment, but an estandart.

Hussars in particular cultivated the notion that all hussars are God's personal gift to women and saw it as their duty to pursue any female around still breathing. Hence the particular reputation of hussars.
The mascot of a hussar regiment was always a mare. During regimental celebrations the mare was paraded and speeches emphasizing her female curves, attributes and character combined with the delight of mounting and riding her was given, interrupted by countless toasts in her honour. That tradition takes place to this day in the Guards Hussars, - also with QMII or Mary present.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:10 AM
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Pics from today

Cerca - Getty Images IT: DNK: Queen Margrethe Holds New Year's Levee
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A couple of pics from today have also been added to the official website:



** kongehuset.dk: Regentparret kører i guldkaret **


** kongehuset.dk: Nytårskur på Christianborg Slot **
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:33 AM
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Mary looks like a fairytale princess and Margrethe is shining out.
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Is it the etiquette to take the glove off the hand when you are shaking someone's? I have also seen Prince haakon do that before?
But Queen Elizabeth never does that..Can someone tell me..
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:32 PM
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Mange tak for the delicious detail you provide Muhler! Indeed, the shells on the horses' bridles are quite visible; the decoration on the breast piece is different on the commander's horse so that I imagine rank is once again indicated by the symbols on the equipment! I did notice that some of the hussars are women and wonder how they react to the somewhat sexist scene you describe at the regimental celebrations!
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Mange tak for the delicious detail you provide Muhler! Indeed, the shells on the horses' bridles are quite visible; the decoration on the breast piece is different on the commander's horse so that I imagine rank is once again indicated by the symbols on the equipment! I did notice that some of the hussars are women and wonder how they react to the somewhat sexist scene you describe at the regimental celebrations!
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Yes, there are a few details differing between uniforms and equipment, depending on rank and function.
And there are indeed many female conscripts in the mounted squadron of the Guards Hussars and I'm certain they, just like Mary and QMII, truly enjoy the innuendoes.

This scene from a movie, does indeed faithfully describe the tradition: (Minus the somewhat pompous singing). You may remember M&F going to such a regimental party two or three years ago?


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Is it the etiquette to take the glove off the hand when you are shaking someone's? I have also seen Prince haakon do that before?
But Queen Elizabeth never does that..Can someone tell me..
It's certainly good manners. Or so I have been brought up.

The problem with shaking hands with many people is of course that it's terribly unhygienic. So no wonder the DRF (and other royal families I assume) clean their hands with tissue afterwards.
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It is considered polite to take off your glove when shaking someone's hand. At least, that's how I learned it. I have no idea why Queen Elizabeth doesn't do it, but CP Mary and CP Haakon are doing the right thing according to etiquette.
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I'm not sure that's true. You are supposed to have your opera gloves on arrival and not take them off while shaking hands or dancing. Gloves should only be taken off when you sit down to dinner, and put back on when dinner is over.

The shorter, everyday gloves are a different matter; while there rules about it too, basically you can choose when to take them off pretty much whenever you like.

Of course, these rules are not carved in stone, or there might have been circumstances/traditions I'm not aware of, or Mary simply wanted to take the glove off. Either way, it's no big deal, really.
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I read somewhere many years ago that because Queen Elizabeth and the late Prss Margaret did not get any of the childhood diseases that we tend to get, they wear gloves as a precaution. Mostly because if you contract some of these diseases as an adult it is a very serious problem. Now this theory could be wrong, but this is what I read more than thrity years ago, and it makes sense when you look at how closeted they were growing up. They probably didn't get their shots either. Who knows?
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You are welcome.
Yes, there are a few details differing between uniforms and equipment, depending on rank and function.
And there are indeed many female conscripts in the mounted squadron of the Guards Hussars and I'm certain they, just like Mary and QMII, truly enjoy the innuendoes.

This scene from a movie, does indeed faithfully describe the tradition: (Minus the somewhat pompous singing). You may remember M&F going to such a regimental party two or three years ago?
Thank you Muhler! This scene is wonderful; all I can say is that I hope the Crown Prince and Princess were able to keep a straight face while all this was going on because I would have been reduced to helpess giggles!
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Here's another gallery of the New Year's receptions:



** pp: Princesse Mary : Atout glamour des réceptions royales du Nouvel An 2013 **
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